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Thursday, November 21, 2013
by Alex Ruoff
A coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient advocacy, and
labor groups Nov. 20 released a set of principles for improving care
coordination among health-care providers they hope will influence future stages
of the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs.
The coalition urged health-care providers to communicate
more with their patients and their patients’ families to develop personalized
care plans and get patients take a more active role in their health goals,
officials with the Consumer Partnership for eHealth said. This has been a major
goal for the Officer of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Centers as they shape Stage 3 of the meaningful use
program, which is being shaped now but won’t take effect until 2015.
Policymakers could use the principles as a model for payment
reform when shaping the future of the meaningful use program, which has paid
more than $16 billion to health-care provides and hospitals to use electronic
health records, the coalition said.
The document is available at http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/health-care/HIT/consumer-principles-for-1.pdf
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